was one comment made after the kansas senate passed a bill that allows
for expanded gambling in the state. it was an amendment to an original
bill that will continue the state lottery. the state already has
gambling. lottery and scratch off tickets can be bought anywhere in the
state including convenience and grocery stores. there are horse and dog
tracks in the state also.
the bill will allow 4 destination casinos upon an approval vote of
the counties involved. it will also permit the racing tracks to have
slots. the bill is seen by some as a bailout for the kansas racing
industry, which has lost money. the kansas governor says she will sign
the bill because it keeps the money in the state. the $200 million in
projected yearly revenue will go toward state debt and fund state
employee retirements and state buildings that need repair. some
estimate the universities in the state need about $700 million worth of
work. lawmakers didnt address this as a problem but use it as a reason
for increased gaming.
its not a cowboy and indian thing. the revenue produced by indian
casinos has benefitted the state and indian alike. it has a ripple
effect. the counties that relied on a sagging farm economy were revived
by indian casinos. many jobs were created for everyone by indian
gaming. indian casinos bought products from kansas vendors.
the national indian gaming act was passed because many indian tribes
didnt have much needed money. they relied on government grants, which
amounted to handouts. it has allowed tribes to create much needed jobs.
roads have been improved. among the new additions created by gaming
dollars were new homes, office buildings, a new pow wow grounds, fire
department, police department and child care center. churches on the
rez were repaired. programs received additional money to provide
increased services.these things werent readily available before gaming.
millions were given in charitable contributions to service programs,
this saved the state money. the state and counties were reluctant to
help the tribes. the county gave all kinds of excuses why they wouldnt
fix reservation roads. the roads were used by county residents as well
as indians. the police were slow to answer calls on the rez. on and on.
when we were broke no one wanted to help us.
progress made by indian tribes has been resented by some and
applauded by others. some people in kansas pointed fingers to draw
attention to indians. now the attention will be on the state of kansas.
will their own casinos make money. a buy in cost of $250 million will
have to be recouped. will they be anything left after the states
bereaucracy gets ahold of the new revenue. the present governor was
re-elected on the statement her administration saved the state over a
billion dollars. she said she did this by eliminating wasteful
in an ironical twist, the prairie band potawatomi will challenge the
ruling in the states district court. the issue is whether or not
private owned companys can manage the casinos instead of the state. you
can bet that a state that can change the law will change the law. one
must remember that our tribe beat the state 3 times in district court
over the license plate issue. it was only after the supreme court
refused to hear the case, that the state accepted defeat.
what effect will this have on indians? who knows. we cant run for
cover expecting the sky to fall. our revenues may decrease. or not. a
study in another state says even with expanded gaming, most people will
still frequent their favorite casino. will the gambling market become
saturated. there are only so many dollars available for gambling. time
American Indian Wisdom can help non-Indian veterans "A scholar of American Indian studies wants to see American Indian rituals inspire non-Indians to develop their own rituals to welcome home war veterans and help curb post-traumatic stress disorder among war veterans."
"But the Prairie Band Potawatomi, which operates a resort casino
north of Topeka, will challenge the law once it's enacted because it
violates the Kansas Constitution, said tribal chairwoman Tracy Stanhoff.
"I think we've been sideswiped. The state has been taken in the
wrong direction," Stanhoff said, adding the legislation "will severely
impact our operation."
"Book of the Month -
“The Wonder Bull”
by Ojibwe author Mark Anthony Rolo is the story of one man’s search for
his tribal identity. Martin is an emotionally disabled young man who
wants nothing more than to get in touch with his tribal roots back in
are the words of a republican representive after the kansas house
approved expanded gaming. he went on to say "an ominous cloud has now
covered kansas, and it will never go away". damn, i wonder what will
happen if it passes the senate. the senate president says they are 20
votes shy of passing the measure.
if the bill passes the senate and is signed by the governor it will
allow for four 'destination' casinos and slots at the racetracks. most
gambling is done by people in the vicinity of the casino. i can hear it
now "pack up the kids, we going on vacation to kansas so we can
gamble". the racetracks have lost money, they will have to figure out a
way to lose added revenue.
the debate on the measure was interesting. opponents said gaming
interest donations swayed some to vote yes. others said those that
voted no accepted money from indian gaming interests. really now, you
mean that legislators can be influenced by outside money?
one representative said we already have gaming, 'the question is
whether or not kansas is going to get any of the benefits'. another
representative said 'we're losing so much money to casinos in missouri
and oklahoma and to the indian casinos in kansas'.
some question the constitutionality of the measure. they say the
kansas constitution approves a state owned and operated lottery. this
is a state owned casino that is managed by someone else. developers
would pay a $25 million fee and invest at least $225 million. they will
get their money back first. if they want to point at indians, maybe
they ought to see that an outside management gets to take theirs off
the top. after the management group makes payouts and takes expenses
out, tribes get to divide what is left. kansas will learn that in a
opponents of the bill predict grief from expanded gaming including
addiction. yes that is possible. we know sale of booze
can cause alcoholism. we know the sale of tobacco products can
contribute to cancer. cars are involved in accidents. we sell them
anyway. its all about profit. others say gambling will hurt the poor.
if we are concerned about the poor, then raise the minimum wage. and
provide more opportunities. legislators get raises every year and a
it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. expanded
gaming has failed for the past 13 years. some people see that indian
tribes have made a profit from gaming. they want a piece of the
action. if they cant take it from indians, then they will compete for
the gaming dollar.
nevada has casinos side by side. increased competition may provide
better gaming facilities and/or bigger payouts. who knows? maybe the
revenue indians are making will decrease. some tribes are rich, some
arent. the indian bureaucracy swallows up most of the profit. the
kansas bureaucracy will do the same. that leaves the question, how will
the average citizen--indian or kansan--benefit. or not benefit."
"With Dennis Troha out of the picture as the driving force behind the
Menominee tribe's bid to open a casino in Kenosha, the Potawatomi tribe
is launching a new offensive aimed at derailing the Kenosha deal.
The target of the new attack ads by a Potawatomi-financed group: the
Connecticut-based Mohegan tribe, which last month bought out the
now-indicted Troha's interest in the proposed Kenosha casino.
Television and print ads claiming the Mohegan would siphon money out
of Wisconsin began running in the Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay
markets over the weekend. The Mohegan tribe is financing and would be
managing the Kenosha casino that the northern Wisconsin-based Menominee
tribe hopes to own.
"But make no mistake, sending Wisconsin casino profits to
Connecticut just isn't in the best interests of our state," the print
ad charges . "Wasn't the point of Wisconsin Indian gaming to help
Wisconsin, not tribes in Connecticut?"